Arts & Entertainment

April 29, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 17

Sat, Feb 27, 2016


movie version of hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy a must-see
movie version of hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy a must-see
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid SGN A&E Writer

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Written by Douglas Adams, Directed by Alan J. W. Bell, Starring Peter Jones (as the voice of “The Book”), Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey, John Malkovich, Alan Rickman, Martin Benson, Richard Vernon, (and many more!), Opens Today!

My, my, my, what a difference 30 years makes on what one knows and what one doesn’t! This was very evident as a little twerp of a 20-year-old radio “personality” used the excuse of not knowing what the movie is about to steer clear of asking anything relevant to those of us who did know about the movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy at last week’s screening. Never mind, he’ll grow up someday, the young whippersnapper, and there’ll be some other little twit saying something like “Mos’ Def’ who?” Whatever! The film is so good even that little moment was forgiven by me and another fan of the earlier PBS series and book by Douglas Adams which caused quite a stir back in the early 80’s.

It’s hard to describe what the film is about, except to say it’s true to the series and includes the whole plethora of strange characters who all wind up together in the sterile, white interior of a space ship. Arthur Dent, the bathrobe wearing anti-hero, does go through the entire film, as he did the series, in jammies and bathrobe, with the requisite towel given to him by Ford Prefect (David Dixon) his alien pal. These two have been hanging out (the series took time to explain that, but the film crunches everything so it’s important to either know the series or have a friend along who does), and Ford rushes to Arthur’s (Simon Jones) side just in time to warn him that Earth is about to be destroyed. Seems our little blue planet’s in the way of a hyperspace highway, being built by a nasty race of beings called The Vogons.

Of course Arthur is saved, and is introduced to The Guide, the book of all things that anyone travelling around the universe, confronting different life forms, needs to have. Along the way, Arthur reconnects with a girl he met briefly at a trendy party, (before the planet became toast at the hands of the Vogons) and finds her even more interesting. Unfortunately, she’s hooked up with a silly lad named Zaphod Beeblebrox (Mark Wing-Davey), and is having adventures on his space ship, and helping him keep things in order, since he has no clue how to actually run the galaxy he’s president of. So, Arthur has to woo her, while trying to stay alive, keep the Vogons off their trail, and find out the “ultimate question,” among other things.

Oh, and did I mention that he meets the creators of the earth, who happen to be a couple of white rats, ordering around a crew of what amounts to terra formers? You just have to see this film and do feel free to scratch your head and go, “Huh?” then turn to an older, wiser friend who knows the series for answers to why they’re laughing so bloody hard while you’re just being puzzled. So long and thanks for all the fish. You’ll understand after you see the film, trust me, and don’t panic.

Leslie Robinson

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Paula Martinac